Mark B. Cooper
President & Founder
Mark B. Cooper, president and founder of PKI Solutions, has been known as “The PKI Guy” since his early days at Microsoft. Mark has deep knowledge and experience in all things Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), including Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services (ADCS), PKI design and implementation, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile security, and encryption. PKI Solutions provides consulting, training, professional services, and assessments to help ensure the security of organizations now and in the future.
At PKI Solutions, Cooper and his team have implemented PKI solutions at enterprises, many of them Fortune 500 companies, in industries including energy, IoT, technology, healthcare, and financial services, as well as federal, state, and local government. Cooper has also led hundreds of PKI trainings, including private trainings, across the country and around the world—from Scotland to Buffalo, from Sweden to Washington, D.C.—and everywhere in between.
Prior to founding PKI Solutions in 2014, Cooper was a senior engineer at Microsoft, where he designed, implemented, and supported ADCS environments for Microsoft’s largest customers and became the leading subject matter expert for ADCS and identity management. Cooper developed and managed the Microsoft PKI Health Check to analyze and report on the design and management of PKI components and created Microsoft’s first consolidated set of PKI best practices. He authored several Microsoft whitepapers, including the specifications and deployment of ADCS on Microsoft Windows Failover Clusters.
Cooper has been working with Microsoft technologies since 1992 when he achieved his first MCP certification with Microsoft exam #001. He has subsequently earned the MCSE accreditation for every Microsoft operating system since Windows NT 3.51, and is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Security MVP, and Charter Microsoft Certified Master—Directory Services (MCM). In fact, for those with Microsoft MCM-Directory accreditation, Cooper developed and most likely delivered the PKI portion of the training.
Whitepaper: Securing and Hardening Network Device Enrollment Service for Microsoft Intune and System Center Configuration Manager
Whitepaper: Upgrading and Improving the Trust of Microsoft Windows Certificate Authorities
Whitepaper: Securing Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) - Contributor/Tech Reviewer
Whitepaper: Server 2008 Failover Clustering for Certificate Services
Windows Server 2008 Administrator's Companion
MCSE Windows 98 Study Guide
MCSE Ace It! – NT Workstation 4.0
MCSE Ace It! – NT Server 4.0
MCSE Ace It! – NT Server 4.0 In The Enterprise
Conference Speaking History
ISACA CACS, Anaheim California - May 2019
FutureX and CirtuCrypt Partner Summit, San Antonio Texas - April 2019
BSides PDX, Portland Oregon - October 2018
RSA, San Francisco - April 2015
TechMentor, Orlando Florida – November 2014
Microsoft TechEd Europe, Barcelona Spain – October 2014
Thales eSecurity EMEA Channel Partners, Marrakesh Morocco – October 2014
Thales eSecurity HSM User Group, Chicago Illinois – October 2014
ISACA Willamette Valley Chapter, Portland Oregon – June 2014
Microsoft TechReady (Internal TechEd event) – 2004 – 2013
Enterprise Networking Association – Annual Conferences 1996 – 2000
Association of Banyan Users International – Annual Conferences from 1993 – 1996